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Fantastic exam results in 2022

In a year when A Levels and GCSE returned to normal examinations, St Albans School celebrated many outstanding achievements and results.
22 Sep 2022
School News

After two years of disrupted examinations and teacher-assessed grades, GCSEs and A Levels were examined as normal in 2022. The pupils of St Albans School achieved a range of remarkable results.

In A Levels:

  • 3 candidates achieved 5 A* grades+
  • 18 candidates achieved at least 4 A* grades+ and 41 candidates (over one quarter of our entry) gained at least 3 A* grades+
  • 69 candidates (over 44% of our entry) gained at least 2 A* grades+ and 105 candidates (over two thirds of our entry) gained at least 1A* grade+
  • 44% of qualifications taken by our Sixth Formers this year have been awarded the top A* grade and 76% have been awarded A* or A grades.

(NB + indicates that this includes the Extended Project Qualification)

Jonathan Gillespie, Headmaster of St Albans School, commented: “Our A Level candidates have displayed tremendous resilience over the last two extraordinary years - I commend them for their fortitude and congratulate them on the excellent results that many have achieved. We are providing close support and guidance for those candidates whose plans have unfortunately not come to fruition with the results published today. Examinations grades are only a small element of the many holistic benefits of a St Albans School education: our leavers can now step forward into the adult world confident that the learning skills and values they have developed during their time with us will stand them in good stead for their future, both at university and in the professional world. We wish them every personal happiness and success in the future.”

There are a range of interesting destinations for the Class of 2022 leavers - this includes 10 OAs who are reading Medicine at university and an OA who is joining the Dyson Engineering apprenticeship scheme.

In the GCSE exams the results were also excellent:

  • 79% of examinations taken were awarded grades 9 and 8 and 93% were awarded grades 9-7
  • Just over 80% of the year group gained at least five grades 9-8, with more than three-quarters of the cohort gaining at least six grades 9-8
  • Over half (54%) of candidates gained at least eight grades 9-8
  • 38 pupils (more than one quarter of the year group) achieved at least ten 9s and 8s and 43 pupils (almost one third of the year group) achieved straight 9s and 8s.

Jonathan Gillespie, Headmaster of St Albans School, commented: “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate so many individual successes today after all the challenges that COVID has thrown at us since early 2020. My warm congratulations go to our GCSE cohort on their excellent results which are a fitting reward for their hard work and tenacity over the last two years. I look forward to seeing them continue to thrive as they embark on the next stage of their learning journey in our Sixth Form where we will continue to help them develop important skills for university study and the world of work.”

A full breakdown of the results can be viewed on the School website: 

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